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Course Descriptions - ENG

Students are recommended to complete their college-level English and Math classes within their first two semesters of college.

ENG 257M Cross-Cultural Perspectives in Asian/Pacific Literature (3) (DL) Prerequisite: “C” of higher in ENG 100, OR Placement in ENG 201-296 Although stereotypes of both Asian and Pacific Islanders have existed through history, writers in English, in both groups, have emerged to tell their stories, battling misconceptions. The course studies and analyzes Asian and Pacific writers who deal with issues like colonialism, immigration, and marginalism. The works will be read as pieces of literatures while carefully considering their poetic and narrative forms. (3 hrs. lect. per week) ENG 257N Books at the Movies (3) (DL) Prerequisite: “C’’ or higher in ENG 100, OR Placement in ENG 201-296 This course examines the adaptation of classic and contemporary works from literature to film and the varied techniques for translating a literary work into a cinematic work. The course analyzes the themes, topics, story-telling structure, strategies, and devices employed in both literature and film. The primary focus is on literature, emphasizing how a work of words is adapted to film and how comparisons between works in the two arts informs our understanding and increases our appreciation. The course also addresses the ongoing history of the adaptation of literature to film and the many ways each art encourages and influences the other. (3 hrs. lect. per week)

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ENG 257O Okinawan Literature (3) (DL) Prerequisite: “C” or higher in ENG 100 OR Placement in ENG 201-296 Course explores the world of Okinawan literature from translations of early poems to contemporary works by Okinawan writers in Okinawa and around the world. Students will learn how literature expresses the culture, history, values, and conflicts of the Okinawan people. The course also discusses how literature expresses, contests, and develops Okinawan identity. May be taken on a CR/N basis. (3 hrs. lect. per week)

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ENG 257P Literature and the Sea (3) (DL) Prerequisite: “C” or higher in ENG 100, OR Placement in ENG 201-296 This course examines how the sea functions as a physical, philosophical, and psychological setting. Through close textual analysis, the course explores the symbolic power of the ocean: what does our tropological understanding of the sea reveal about humanity? Is the sea a metaphor for predominantly feminine or masculine imagery? How do descriptions of the sea change according to culture and economic system? (3 hrs. lect. per week) ENG 257S Comics, Superheroes, and Society (3) (DL) Prerequisite: “C” or higher in ENG 100, OR Placement in ENG 201-296 While comic books are often derided for being immature examples of escapist entertainment or, as in the 1950s, for encouraging perverse behavior, comic

HONOLULU COMMUNITY COLLEGE CATALOG 2017-2018

books and superheroes have always provided an excellent barometer for measuring American society in general–Superman, Captain America, and others as instruments for propaganda; the Fantastic Four, Iron Man and Hulk as expressions of American Cold War power yet also reflecting social anxieties about nuclear war; Spider-Man, Dr. Strange and others embracing the values of the counter-culture and the Punisher and Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns embodying the Reagan-era backlash against the counter-culture; The X-Men and multiculturalism and gay rights. (3 hrs. lect. per week) ENG 257X Science Fiction (3) (DL) Prerequisite: “C” or higher in ENG 100, OR Placement in ENG 201-296 This course explores the interplay of science, technology, and literature and examines the authors’ world views, philosophical and religious thought and the impact of science and technology on life, art, and the imagination. How these works resist potential dehumanizing aspects of technology and how technological development can encroach upon identity will be discussed. (3 hrs. lect. per week) ENG 257Y Young Adult Novel (3) (DL) Prerequisite: “C” or higher in ENG 100, OR Placement in ENG 201-296 This course examines the young adult novel, both contemporary and classic, and analyzes and evaluates the themes, topics, structure, storytelling techniques, and literary devices appearing in young adult literature. The primary focus will be on literature, particularly the novel, and the rise of writing about and for young adults in the twentieth century and beyond. Among others, areas of focus include issues of identity, family, community, and tensions social, economic, and political as encountered by teens becoming adults. The course also examines the genre of young adult literature as a twentieth-century phenomenon for teen readers and the publishing world as well as the growing tradition of translating young adult novels into films. (3 hrs. lect. per week) ENG 268 Literary Nonfiction (3) (DL) Prerequisite: “C” or higher in ENG 100, OR Placement in ENG 201-296 This course is an introduction to the genre of literary nonfiction. The course provides an opportunity to study and practice the techniques of what is sometimes known as New Journalism or even New New Journalism. Cross listed as JOUR 268. (3 hrs. lect. per week) ENG 271 Japanese Literature in Translation (Traditional) (3) (DL) Prerequisite: “C” or higher in ENG 100, OR Placement in ENG 201-296 Survey of traditional Japanese literature from ancient times to the mid-nineteenth century. Cross-listed as EALL 271. (3 hrs. lect. per week)

2017-2018 College Catalog  
2017-2018 College Catalog  
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